Tuesday, May 11, 2004

How do you know what's real?

I just saw a little TV news for the first time in a while. It was KTVU from San Francisco. The coverage of the torture at Abu Ghraib was sanitized and grossly oversimplified. Half way through the segment the story turned to the pictures and videos not yet released which allegedly depict rape. The point was clearly to cast doubt in advance of the public unveiling. How clear? Berkeley photojournalism professor Ken Light was interviewed, resurrecting this story from February in which a classic 1971 Ken Light photo of John Kerry was altered to include Jane Fonda.

I don't see a transcript of it right now on KTVU.com but what got me was when Light said something like "How do you know what's real?" This idea completely punctuated the end of the segment. I was really glad to see that thought pushed out there. This needs to start coming from all over. It is at the core of the No Confidence campaign.



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